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(EDITORS: Merriam Webster's WORDWATCH, a weekly Q&A on the origins of words, moves each Thursday on the Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service; it is available for use by all KRT News Service subscribers.)
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Q. Could you tell me the origins of the word ``bistro?''
A. ``Bistro'' is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, as ``a small or unpretentious restaurant,'' with the added senses ``a small bar or tavern'' and ``a nightclub.'' All that can be said with certainty about the origins of the …